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Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Review

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is one of the nicer looking car seats out there with above average padding. The Pria 70 has a high safety rating and above average crash test results. It also comes with nice fabric that is soft and comfortable. The Maxi-Cosi is an all around great choice.

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Maxi-Cosi Company Background and Overview

Maxi-Cosi is a company that began manufacturing car seats in the Netherlands and is now based out of Europe. They began in 1984 and has grown to be one of the biggest car seat manufacturing companies in Europe. Now they offer a wide range of baby products.


The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is one of the safest car seats on the market right now. Many crash tests have shown that it outperforms some of it’s top competitors such as the Britax Essentials and Alliance.

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is one of the safest car seats on the market right now.

Like all convertible car seats on the market, the Maxi meets federal crash safety requirements. Another key safety measure the Maxi comes equipped with is Side Impact Protection. On the Maxi, the side impact protection comes as extra padding in the headrest. Side impact protection is designed to prevent excessive head movement of your child. if there is a side impact on your vehicle.

Ease of Use – Installation

When it came time to install the Maxi we didn’t have a hard time installing the LATCH connectors. Typically the LATCH connectors are harder to install than the belt, but this wasn’t the case here.

We did have a harder time removing the LATCH connectors and the belt. Usually it’s the other way around but in this case the button on the Maxi is not the easiest to work with. At the same time, it wasn’t impossible, it just gave us a harder time than usual.

The belt was somewhat hard to install. This is mainly because the belt is routed under the seat and the routing is rigid. You can barely stick your hands through the belt route. If you have bigger hands this may be an issue.

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Seat Harness

The Maxi-Cosi belt harness is definitely a stand out among the competition. It’s really easy to use. When you press the button at the bottom of the seat the harness pops up.

Quality – Nice Padding

The Maxi-Cosi is a very nice looking car seat when compared to other car seats on the market. It also comes with very nice padding all around. The extra padding will help with any long trips. The padding is nice and thick so your baby won’t feel the rigid structure of the seat at all.

The headrest and Side impact protection also adds a good amount of padding to the seat. This part of the seat feels like memory foam and is gentle to the touch. The headrest is really useful. It’ll help if your baby is falling asleep on the seat (which they always do!).

When you look at this car seat the first thing you notice is how fluffy and coushiny it looks. It’s really nice that it’s not just for looks. Overall this seat comes with more comfortable padding than other seats we’ve checked in the past.

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Wider Than Other Car Seats

It’s also important to note that this car seat is a bit wider than most others we’ve reviewed in the past. It’s 21 inches wide. Unless you have a wide car or truck, this car seat might not work if you’re planning on having multiple car seats in the backseat.

Average Weight – 19 lbs

This car seat weighs in at 19 lbs. That’s roughly the same as the competition. Not too bad if you consider all the extra padding this car seat comes with. This car seat isn’t the lightest, so if you’re looking for a ultra light car seat this isn’t the one. If you’re going to be carrying your car seat or using ride sharing you will probably want to get a lighter car seat. For average day to day use this car seat works well.

Weight Recommendations – 9 lbs – 40 lbs

This car seat is recommended for your child after 9 lbs. This car seat will not work if you are planning on using it for a newborn. We usually don’t recommend convertible car seats for newborns.

The maximum weight recommendation of this car seat is 40 lbs. That’s pretty impressive when compared to other car seats out there.

Will Not Work With Strollers

Like any other convertible car seat, the Maxi is not compatible with any strollers. If you’re planning on using a car seat on your stroller you may want to consider buying them together.

Lots of Available Colors

If you’re the kind of person that loves colors, the Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 will be a perfect fit.

If you’re the kind of person that loves colors, the Maxi will be a perfect fit. They have over 9 available colors. Not too many car seats have that sort of availability in colors. The seat design is also very nice.  I usually stick to grey and black because that’s what I’m used to but after seeing this car seat I’m beginning to change my mind. The Maxi comes in the following colors:

  • Black Gravel
  • Black Toffee
  • Blue Base (Our Favorite)
  • Bohemian Red
  • Brown Earth
  • Grey Gravel
  • Mineral Grey
  • Pink Berry
  • Sweet Cerise

Keep in mind that the pricing on Amazon changes as you change in color. So click through each one if you want to compare pricing.


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Overall the Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is a comfortable car seat with a nice touch in design. Some of the most notable features are the extra padding throughout, specially in the headrest. It’s a great car seat if you do a lot of traveling. Your baby will be able to sleep for long hours on the car seat without a problem. Overall, this car seat sits among the top convertible car seats in it’s class and is a great choice for most parents.